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Prisma CD1

Compact Disc Player

Owners Manual

Perreaux Industries Limited makes no warranty for the use of its products, other than those expressly contained in the warranty detailed herein. The Company assumes no responsibility for any errors which may appear in this document, reserves the right to change products or specifications detailed herein at any time without notice, and does not make any commitment to updatethe information contained herein. No licenses to patents or other intellectual property of Perreaux are granted by the Company in connection with the sale of Perreaux products, expressly or by implication.

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Terms and product names in this document may be trademarks of others.

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i

Introducing the Perreaux

CD1 Compact Disc Player

Features at a

Glance

Congratulations on your Perreaux CD1 purchase. To realise the full potential of your unit you need to appreciate all aspects of its operation.

Before installing the CD1 into your system, read the entire manual carefully. Endeavour to understand every detail by familiarising yourself with the controls and features as you read. You will find it easier to install using the relevant sections of this manual as a reference.

We have attempted to explain every feature and operational facet clearly and concisely. In the event that something is still unclear to you, your Perreaux dealer will be happy to assist you further.

Read this manual, install your unit correctly and realise the sonic significance of your investment in Perreaux.

Perreaux products are designed to provide the utmost in sonic realism and electronic reliability with a functional yet elegant appearance that reflects the care and craftsmanship applied during all stages of construction.

Rugged build quality

Multiple regulated power supplies

Burr Brown DAC

High speed processing with 96kHz over-sampling

Balanced analog outputs

Digital output

Full function infrared remote control

To maintain the consistently high quality that you expect from us, and we expect from ourselves, Perreaux products are handcrafted.

We maintain the human-linkthroughout, from design and construction, through to the ultimate test, your music, your system, your ears.

Because we too listen to our products, we know that with your Perreaux you will discover many more of the musical secrets we strive to reveal.

From all of us at Perreaux Industries Limited, thank you for choosing the Perreaux CD1 compact disc player.

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ii Important Safety Instructions

Note: All safety and operation instructions should be read carefully before the CD1 is operated. Keep the Owners Manual in a safe place for future reference.

The CD1 should not be used near water, for example near a bathtub, kitchen sink, in a wet basement, near a swimming pool, etc.

The CD1 should be rack mounted only in a heavy-dutyrack or stand that is recommended for audio equipment use.

Mounting to a wall or ceiling should be via a heavy-dutybracket or shelf designed for audio equipment use.

The CD1 should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, stoves, or other appliances that produce excessive amounts of heat.

DO NOT place the CD1 directly onto carpeted surfaces.

Avoid exposing the CD1 to extremely high or low temperatures.

The CD1 should be connected to a mains power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions, or as marked on the rear of the unit.

DO NOT disconnect the mains earth from the system.

The mains power supply cord should be routed so that it is not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed on or against it.

The power cord of the CD1 should be unplugged from the mains outlet when the unit is to be left unused for long periods or when attempting to connect or disconnect cables and before cleaning your unit.

Care should be taken so that objects and/or liquids do not accidentally fall inside the CD1.

Please keep electrical equipment out of reach of children.

Please unplug sensitive electronic equipment during electrical storms.

Please replace any fuse with the value and type specified.

Avoid operating the CD1 with the cover removed.

DO NOT bypass any fuse.

DO NOT attempt to repair the CD1. In the event of a problem, please contact your Perreaux dealer.

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Table of Contents

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Introducing the Perreaux CD1 Compact Disc Player

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Important Safety Instructions ........................................................................................

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Table of Contents..............................................................................................................

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Unpacking and Placement..............................................................................................

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Instant Install......................................................................................................................

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Front Panel Functions......................................................................................................

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Rear Panel Functions.....................................................................................................

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Remote Control Functions...........................................................................................

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Special Design Philosophies........................................................................................

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Special Design Features................................................................................................

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Maximising System Potential ......................................................................................

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Care and Maintainance................................................................................................

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Warranty Information and Obtaining Service........................................................

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Extended Warranty Registration Form....................................................................

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Faultfinding Your System.............................................................................................

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Specifications...................................................................................................................

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Physical Dimensions......................................................................................................

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Contact Details................................................................................................................

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1 Unpacking and Placement

 

The

CD1 is packaged for maximum protection. Please carefully read the

 

instructions below before proceeding to unpack the unit. Be extremely careful.

Unpacking

 

Inspect both ends of the cardboard box and open at the end without the

Procedure

 

central staple by slitting the reinforced tape at either side.

 

 

Fold back the flaps and tip thepackage on end and the inner box will

 

 

slide out.

 

 

Lay the inner box down flat and upright, open it conventionally by

 

 

separating the top tray from the bottom.

 

 

The product can now be removed from the bottom packaging. This will

 

 

be easier if you have someone to help you by holding the base of the

 

 

box.

 

 

Alternately, the bottom tray and player could be tipped upside down

 

 

and the bottompackaging removed. If opened in this manner, please

 

 

ensure that you turn the contents over again.

 

 

Note: Be very careful to secure the unit if you are planning to flip the package

 

upside down.

 

 

 

Remove the two whitepolystyreneprotectors off either side of the player, leaving the black material covering.

Pull back the material and remove the protective black tissue from the front panel.

The player is now unpacked and ready for further installation.

Note: Please retain all packaging material for future transport.

Box 1 x CD1 Compact disc player

Contents 1 x CD1 Product manual

1x Perreaux remote control 2 x AAA batteries

1x Screwdriver

1x Detachable AC power cord

Placing The CD1 should generally be placed close to your amplifier, keeping theYour CD1 interconnect cabling short.

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Instant Install

 

 

 

If you are like us, the first thing you will want to do is to play your favourite

 

 

 

 

 

 

piece of music through your new CD1. The following instructions are written to

 

 

 

enable you to achieve this as quickly as possible. These are not comprehensive

 

 

 

instructions, but are designed to enable you to play music now!

 

Note:

 

 

 

Please take the time to read the CD1 manual thoroughly as it

 

 

 

incorporates many features, which will enhance its operation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Placement

 

 

 

Best results will be achieved when placed on a solid surface. DO NOT place on

 

 

 

a carpeted floor or cover the player!

 

 

 

Turn off associated components

 

 

 

This minimises the potential to damage any other components when connecting

 

 

 

your CD1 into the system.

 

 

 

Connect CD1 to amplifier

 

 

 

Connect the output of the CD1 to the unbalanced (RCA) inputs at the rear of

 

 

 

your amplifier.

 

Note:

 

 

 

Try to keep all interconnect cables as far from loudspeaker cables as

 

 

 

possible and well away from all AC mains leads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Switch on CD1

 

 

 

After checking the supply voltage compatibility with the voltage rating on the

 

 

 

CD1 rear panel, insert the power cord-setsupplied into the rear of the unit and

 

 

 

into the wall. Switch on the socket at the wall and power up the CD1 by setting

 

 

 

the switch on the rear panel to ON ( I).

 

 

 

Switch on your amplifier

 

 

 

Make sureyour amplifier is connected to the mains and switch it on.

 

 

 

Insert your favourite CD

 

 

 

Open the disc drawer by pressing the ‘O/C’ button and insert your favourite CD.

 

 

 

Press ‘PLAY’ on the CD1

 

 

 

Increase the volume

 

 

 

Slowly increase the volume control of your amplifier to achieve a comfortable

 

 

 

listening level.

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

 

 

Now that you have achieved your first objective, sit back, relax and please read

 

 

 

the rest of the manual at your own pace, in your favourite armchair, whilst

 

 

 

sipping a hot cup of coffee. You’ll find the whole experience much more

 

 

 

pleasurable whilst listening to music.

 

 

 

 

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Front Panel Functions

Vacuum Fluorescent Display

Display provides information regarding the status of the CD1 and track/time information for the disc being played.

‘RPT’ Button

Allows you to repeat the current track or the entire disc continuously until the feature is cancelled by pressing the RPT button or pressing ‘■’. The RPT button steps sequentially through the available options. Pressing the button once repeats the current track, displaying REPEAT 1 in the display. Pressing a second time repeats the entire disc, displaying REAPEAT ALL in the display. Press a third time to cancel the REPEAT function.

Note: The REPEAT function is automatically cancelled when the disc drawer is opened.

‘O/C’ Button

When the disc drawer is closed, pressing this button opens the drawer. To close the drawer, press the button again. Pressing ‘►’ or lightly pushing on the drawer itself can also close the drawer. This can also be performed via the remote control.

When the drawer is open, the display reads ‘OPEN’. When it is closed with no disc, the display reads ‘NO DISC’. When the drawer closes with a disc inserted, the display will show the number of tracks and the total time of the disc.

‘►’ Button

Press this button to start playing the disc. If the disc drawer is open, it will close automatically. The number of the track being played and the and the elapsed time will be shown in the display, along with the PLAY indicator.

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’ Button

This button stops a disc that is playing and resets the player, i.e. if play is resumed, the disc will start over from the first track.

‘ ’ Button

Pressing this button returns to the beginning of the current track. Pressing twice quickly in succession returns to the beginning of the previous track. The new track number is shown in the display.

‘ ’ Button

Pressing this button advances to the beginning of the next track. The new track number is shown in the display.

‘STBY’ Button

This button puts the CD1 into STANDBY mode, as indicated by the red standby light. The display goes dark and the unit will not operate.

HDCD Indicator

This light will illuminate to indicate that an HDCD encoded disc is being played.

IR Sensor

This is the infrared sensor to receive commands transmitted from the remote control.

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Rear Panel Functions

Caution! Please make all changes at minimum volume setting. Only increase the volume after the connections have been made.

Digital Output

Using a standard 75E coax digital cable with RCA termination, connect the digital output to the coax digital input on the external D/A converter.

These high quality gold plated sockets are highly conductive, corrosion resistant, and provide less potential for corrosion induced distortion.

Refer to Chapter 13 “Specifications” for more details.

Unbalanced Analog Output

Standard single-endedoutputs (RCA) supplying analog signals to the source inputs of an audio preamplifier, integrated amplifier or receiver.

Using quality audio interconnect cables, connect the left channel output of the CD1 to the left channel input on the preamplifier or other component and the right channel output to the right channel input on the preamplifier or other component.

Refer to Chapter 13 “Specifications” for more details.

Balanced Analog Output

Balanced outputs (XLR) providing analog signals to drive a preamplifier, integrated amplifier or receiver equipped with a balanced input. Connection should be made with high quality cables fitted with XLR connectors.

Connect the left channel output of the CD1 to the left channel input on the preamplifier or other component and the right channel output to the right channel input on the preamplifier or other component.

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The pin assignments of the balanced XLR output connectors are as follows:

Pin 1: Signal ground

Pin 2: Signal + (non-inverting)

Pin 3: Signal – (inverting)

Shield ground:Chassis ground

Caution! Please refer to the operating manual of your preamplifier; integrated amplifier or receiver to verify that the pin assignments of the input connectors correspond to the CD1 balanced outputs. In the event that they are not compatible, the interconnecting cable will need to be altered to suit.

Serial Number

The serial number is unique to your CD1. Please record this number and store it in a safe place. For any service related enquiry, please be prepared to quote the product serial number to Perreaux personnel or their service representative.

Input Voltage and FuseRating

Input Voltage

It is important that the CD1 be operated from the correct AC mains voltage. This unit is factory set for the voltage applicable to the original country of destination.

The CD1 will operate satisfactorily within a voltage variation of up to ±5% of that voltage at which the unit has been set.

If you require the voltage setting to be altered, e.g. relocation to another area, city or country, or extraordinarily high or low voltages, please contact your Perreaux dealer. Qualified service personnel can only perform this modification.

Caution! Never attempt to connect the unit to the incorrect voltage. Severe damage can result from applying incorrect voltage to the unit.

Fuse Rating

The fuse rating displayed here, refers to the rating of the mains inlet fuse.

For more information on fuse ratings, please refer to Chapter 13 “Specifications”.

Caution! Never replace the fuses with any other ratings other than the one specified.

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AC Mains Input and Fuse

AC Mains Input

An IEC-standardmains input is provided at the rear of the unit. The AC cord set is removable, allowing you to upgrade to a cord set of your preference.

Caution! Prior to connection to the AC mains, please check the voltage label on the rear panel to ensure that your unit conforms to the power supply in your area. Never attempt to connect the unit to the incorrect voltage. Severe damage can result from applying incorrect voltage to the unit.

Mains Fuse

The CD1 is equipped with a user serviceable AC mains fuse. In the event of fuse failure, always replace with the same type and value fuse. Remember, fuses do not usually blow without a reason. Any doubts about fuse failure should be conveyed directly to your Perreaux dealer.

For more information on fuse ratings, please refer to Chapter 13 “Specifications”.

Caution! This is the ONLY user accessible fuse.

Never replace the fuses with any other ratings other than the one specified on the rear panel.

Always ensure your CD1 is disconnected from the mains supply before attempting to change the mains fuse.

Power Switch

Depress this switch to the right (I) to turn power ON. Depress this switch to the left (O) to turn the CD1 off at which time the outputs will be disconnected.

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5 Remote Control Functions

Note:

Note:

The CD1 comes supplied with a 36 button Perreaux Universal infrared remote control.

The remote control uses 2 x AAA batteries and may be changed by removing the black perspex insert.

Press the button on the remote to select thecode-setrequired to control the CD1.

The CD1 uses the following functions:

Open/Close

When the disc drawer is closed, pressing this button opens the drawer. To close the drawer, press the button again.

When the drawer is open, the display reads ‘OPEN’. When it is closed with no disc, the display reads ‘NO DISC’. When the drawer closes with a disc inserted, the display will show the number of tracks and the total time of the disc.

Program

Pressing this button allows you to memorise as many as 20 tracks on the current disc for playback in a specific order. For example, you could instruct the CD1 to play track 6, followed by track 10, followed by track 2.

To begin a program:

Insert a disc and close the drawer. The CD1 will read the contents of the disc.

Press the PROG button on the remote control. The PROGRAM indicator will show on the display, along with ‘P:00’ indicating that the unit is waiting for the first track to be memorised.

Enter the first track number using the DIRECT ACCESS buttons. Your selection will be memorised automatically and the display will change to ‘P:01’, indicating that one track has been memorised. Continue entering the rest of your selections using the DIRECT ACCESS buttons.

There is no need to press the PROG button, as each selection is memorised as it is entered.

Once you have memorised a play list, the CD1 remains in PROGRAM mode until the disc drawer is opened or the STOP button is pressed twice in succession. If you press the PLAY button, the memorised program will play instead of the entire disc, starting with the first selection in the memorised list.

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Direct Access

These numeric buttons are used to directly access a track from the remote control instead of stepping through using the TRACK buttons.

The first ten tracks on a disc can be selected by pressing the corresponding button on the remote control. For example, to play the eighth track, press.

When accessing track numbers greater than 10, press followed by the track number. For example, to select track 15, pressfollowed byand.

The number of the selected track will appear on the display.

There is also a four by four matrix of track numbers (1 – 16) at the right side of the display. This indicates all of the tracks on the disc. If there are more than 16, all of the digits will illuminate, accompanied by the word OVER, regardless of which track is playing. This matrix is independent of the main numeric area of the display, which will always indicate the currently playing track, even if above 16.

The DIRECT ACCESS buttons may also be used to memorise tracks in PROGRAM mode.

Track Forward/ Track Backward

These buttons are used to select tracks on the disc. When a disc is playing, pressing the TRACK forward button advances to the beginning of the next track. Pressing the TRACK backward button returns to the beginning of the current track. Pressing twice quickly in succession returns to the beginning of the previous track. When pressed and held, these buttons search forward or backward through the currently playing disc.

Play

Press the PLAY button to start playing the disc. If the disc drawer is open, it will close automatically. The number of the track being played and the elapsed time will be shown in the display, along with the PLAY indicator. Normally, the disc will start playing with the first track. However, you can select a different track using the TRACK buttons or the DIRECT ACCESS buttons before pressing PLAY to start playing a different selection.

Pause

This button is used to temporarily suspend play. The disc continues to spin and play will be resumed from the current position. The PAUSE indicator will show in the display. To resume playing the disc, press the PAUSE button again or press the PLAY button.

Stop

This button stops a disc that is playing and resets the player, i.e. if play is resumed, the disc will start over from the first track. Pressing the STOP button twice in quick succession cancels any programmed selections.

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Random

This instructs the CD1 to play tracks from the entire disc in random order. Once all of the selections have been played once, the disc will stop playing, unless the REPEAT function is utilised, in which case the random play will continue until the STOP button is pressed. When the RANDOM feature is in use, the word RANDOM is shown in the display.

Repeat

This button allows you to repeat the current track or the entire disc continuously until the feature is cancelled by pressing the REPEAT button again or pressing STOP. The REPEAT button steps sequentially through the available options, as indicated:

REPEAT 1 REPEAT ALL CANCEL

Press the button once and the CD1 will repeat just the current track, displaying the indicators REPEAT 1 in the display. Press the button a second time and the CD1 will repeat the entire disc, displaying REPEAT ALL in the display. Press the button a third time to cancel the REPEAT function.

As noted above, REPEAT can be used in conjunction with the RANDOM play feature.

Note: The REPEAT function is automatically cancelled when the disc drawer is opened.

Time

By default, the CD1 displays the elapsed time of the currently playing track. The TIME button allows you to step through two alternative time display modes:

TIME REMAIN (TRACK) TIME REMAIN (DISC) TIME ELAPSED

Pressing the button once displays the time remaining in the current track, which counts down as the track continues playing. Pressing the button a second time displays thetime remaining on the entire disc (or memorised program). Pressing the button a third time reverts to the standard time elapsed display mode. When the TIME feature is activated, the word REMAIN appears in the display.

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6 Special Design Philosophies

Perreaux has been designing and manufacturing only the highest quality audio componentry for more than a quarter of a century. Technology has continued to evolve rapidly over that time and our knowledge and application of design, materials and manufacturing techniques has advanced in tandem with this. Today’s Perreaux range comes closer to fulfilling our shared vision than at any other time in the past.

To follow is a discussion on some of Perreaux design philosophies that have been incorporated into the entire range.

Minimalist Leading British architect, John Pawson, writes:

Design

“The Minimum can be defined as the perfection that an object achieves when it is no longer possible to improve it by subtraction. This is the quality that an object has when every component, every detail, and every junction has been reduced or condensed to the essentials. It is the result of the omission of the inessentials”.

Perreaux has historically embraced the minimalist ethic from an audio design perspective only. The concept of “less equating to more” has been at the heart of all Perreaux audio designs for more than a quarter of a century.

Minimalist Electronics

We wish to maximise the quality of your listening pleasure by keeping the componentry and signal path as uncluttered, short and clean possible. All components in the signal path, even those of the highest quality have an effect on the signal, thereby altering the quality of the reproduction in some way. Our aim is to recreate in its entirety, the original performance by not adding or subtracting anything, irrespective of the source.

Minimalist User Interface

We carefully study the user interface and par down the number of buttons and associated clutter leaving just the essential and no more. How tempting it has been over the years to loose sight of our core values as technology or trends have made it possible. That is one of the reasons why our older products still have such a high resale value today. The user interface has and always will remain simple, free from adornments, clean and uncluttered.

Minimalist Aesthetics

Our products appeal to those who seek the ultimate in audio exclusivity, namely the perfect blend of “form and function”.

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“Form and function” are both tough masters. That is why our amplifier heat sinks are not hidden, but instead feature prominently in all our designs. We make no excuses for producing some of the most distinctive high-endaudio products on the planet. We let “form and function” blend together in perfect harmony. This surely is the essence of true minimalist utilisation.

Minimalism in a Wider Context

John Pawson writes:

“Clearly simplicity has dimensions to it that go beyond the purely aesthetic: it can be seen as the reflection of some innate, inner quality, or the pursuit of philosophical or literary insight into the nature of harmony, reason, and truth”.

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Special Design Features

Rugged Build

 

Mechanical strength has been a hallmark of Perreaux products since the

 

Quality

 

company first started production back in 1974. The concept behind the physical

 

 

design and construction is that each structural member should contribute to both

 

 

rigidity and performance.

Multiple

 

There is a separate regulated power supply for each section of the CD player.

Regulated

 

One positive supply and one negative supply for the sensitive analog output

Power

 

stage, another one for the DAC section, another for the clock generation of the

Supplies

 

DAC section and a further supply for the microcontroller and display. The

 

 

advantage of this is that there is complete isolation from stage to stage, ensuring

 

 

the analog section is completely free from digital noise.

Burr Brown

 

The CD1’s precision transport is backed up by a Burr Brown (Texas

DAC

 

Instruments) digital to analog converter. Multi-levelDelta-Sigmaoperation with

 

 

8x over-samplingensures the CD1 will deliver a high level of audio

 

 

performance.

Balanced

 

The CD1 offers a balanced analog output, providing improved noise rejection

Analog

 

and cancellation.

Output

 

 

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8Maximising System Potential

Interconnects Anoften-ignoredarea in high fidelity systems is the cabling connecting theand Speaker various components. Interconnect leads should be high quality cable withCables substantial terminations. Gold plate is inherently resistant to corrosion, and an excellent conductor. The presence of corrosion induces distortion and poor conductivity will seriously interfere with sound quality. Terminations must plug snugly into sockets to maintain maximum conductivity and to avoid annoying

earthing problems.

Speaker cabling is equally critical. Use only solidly constructed cable of high purity copper or silver content. Again, gold plated terminations are recommended, of the spade or banana plug type. Use cables of equal length and as short as possible to maintain uniform electrical resistance at the lowest possible level. If your amplifier is closer to one of your speakers than the other, avoid coiling the longer lead as this can create inductance, with the potential of reduced high frequency performance. Keep all connections clean, firm and tight. The traditional adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link most certainly applies to audio systems.

Balanced The use of the balanced signal outputs can have the effect of cleaning up hums,Interconnects buzzes, radio frequency interference (RFI) and general extraneous rubbish that can enter an audio system. A balanced signal input system operates on the principle of differential amplification. The positive and negative inputs are contrasted against one another and the difference between them is amplified.

Noise entering the system is imposed equally on the positive and negative signals and therefore will not be amplified, as no differential voltage exists.

The term used to describe the quality of the effect is called Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR). CMRR is an equipment and system specification, which describes how well unwanted common mode signals are counteracted when used in conjunction with balanced connections. CMRR action prevents the egress and build up of extraneous hum; buzzes and RFI when analogue signals are conveyed down cables and between equipment powered from different locations and is widely used in professional audio applications.

Positioning Positioning of your source equipment (tuner, video, disc, tape, record, decks) isAncillary important. To avoid airborne frequency peaks, place them well away from your

Equipment loudspeakers and not in the corners of your listening area.

Final High fidelity systems are an investment deserving of careful thought andThoughts personal time. Your preferences, priorities and constraints will dictate the parameters of your purchase, your ears will tell you what is the right choice for you. Our experience tells us that the bitterness of dissatisfaction lingers long after the fragrance of cheap price is forgotten, hence our use of the term –

investment.

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9

Care and Maintenance

Note:

Cover

Front Panel

Note:

The CD1 has been designed to provide many years of trouble free enjoyment.

Please switch the unit off and remove the cord-setfrom the rear of the amplifier before attempting to clean your CD1 in the manner described below.

Never apply liquid directly to the CD1.

Never use abrasives.

Never rub in a circuilar motion.

The cover features a durable, high quality powder-coatfinish. To remove finger marks and dirt, lightly rub the surface with a soft cloth.

If the dirt is not removed, dip your cloth in a mild solution of soap and water, squeeze excess moisture from it and then gently reapply to the surface.

Stubborn dirt may be removed by the application of a small quantity of methylated spirits, applied directly to the cleaning cloth only and reworking the effected area.

The CD1 front panel features a high quality electroplate finish. Over time the surface may retain finger marks and may need to be cleaned to restore it to original condition.

Regular Cleaning

Gently wipe the front panel with a very clean cotton cloth. Wipe across the surface and never in a circular motion.

Removing Stubborn Marks

Only attempt this infrequently, as too regular or vigorous application may damage the surface.

Apply a small quantity of any car polish containing carnauba wax to a very clean cotton cloth.

The car polish must state “Safe for Clear Coats” as the polish will therefore contain the absolute minimum amount of abrasive compound.

Gently wipe over the front panel in lateral motion, allow to dry and then gently wipe off with a very clean cotton cloth.

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